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Two Lives by Vikram Seth
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Aug 28, 09

bookshelves: biography-memoir, war-revolution, asia, reviewed, non-fiction, 2009, bookclub-read
Read in February, 2009

Two lives is partly biography and partly memoir. It's the story of two ordinary people from very different backgrounds (Indian, German/Jewish) caught up in extraordinary events - namely the second world war. Seth writes with great affection for his subjects (they were his Great Uncle and Aunt) and many sections are fascinating, (particularly the personal letters). Unfortunately his attempts to capture every detail often make the book drag. It is overlong and really could have been edited a little more tightly... (However, I have to say it's weight did allow me to squash a large cockcroach with ease!)
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